Since I reviewed Bullzip PDF Printer I’ve done more research on virtual pdf printers and found PrimoPDF. While Bullzip worked very well, I noticed that some of my PDFs were very big in terms of file size, which left me wondering whether there was a free pdf printer and that allowed for different file quality settings. Primo provides just that.
Primo, like Bullzip, allows you to convert any kind of printable document to PDF format. However, once you print your document you get to choose from 4 quality settings (see screenshot).
I was originally working with a document that was 21.5 megs in size after being “printed” into pdf on both Bullzip and CutePDF. Printing the same document on Primo’s different quality settings resulted in the following:
- “Screen” quality setting: file size was only 1.24 megs, approx 10% of the original size. Was readable on screen but the printed document, though legible, was quite poor.
- “Ebook” quality setting: file size was 3.81 megs, just short of 20% of the original. Was readable both on screen and on paper.
- “Print” quality setting: file size was 14.2 megs, which is approximately 70% of the original. Was readable both on screen and on paper. The printed quality on paper was visibly better than the “ebook” setting.
- “Prepress” quality setting: file size was not reduced (21.5megs). This is the best quality, although to be honest I couldn’t notice a visible difference between this one and the “print” quality setting.
All in all a great PDF printer; definitely my pick, and I’ve looked at a number of these, including Bulzip, CutePDF, as well as the (adware) PDF995.
A free alternative to: pdfFactory Pro, etc.
Version tested: 3.0